Marketing departments to be hit hard in Intel layoffs

PALO ALTO, CA: Intel Corporation's marketing departments will be some of the hardest hit in the chipmaker's 10,500 layoffs announced this week, the company said.

PALO ALTO, CA: Intel Corporation's marketing departments will be some of the hardest hit in the chipmaker's 10,500 layoffs announced this week, the company said.

The number of people in communications Intel lets go has not been set, said Chuck Mulloy, Intel manager of corporate communications, legal affairs, and corporate issues.

"I can't say with any great deal of certainty," on how it would affect the PR team, Mulloy said, "But the folks with global communication run a fairly lean operation around here."

Intel's communication division is part of its multiple marketing divisions around the world, but Mulloy could not specify how many of Intel's 99,000 employees work in marketing.

The second department with the biggest impact will be IT, Mulloy said.

Intel announced its restructuring Tuesday, notifying the media and investors the same way - via press release.

Intel employees got the news with a 1 pm webcast, featuring president and CEO Paul Otellini. That was followed by an online newsletter. In the following two days, different business units met with their staffs to see if there are any more concerns.

The restructuring move of reducing its workforce by one-tenth is one step in Intel's plan to save $3 billion by 2008 to remain competitive in the chip market.

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